MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Arson, Looting ‘Not Necessarily Violence’

‘I mean, violence against property ought to be different than violence against bodies’

Harris-Perry on 'Burn This B---- Down': Arson, Looting 'Not Necessarily Violence' (NewsBusters)

Next time you're assembling a criminal defense team, remember to forget Melissa Harris-Perry. On her MSNBC show today, MH-P commented on the news that authorities are considering charges against Michael Brown's stepfather Louis Head, who on the night the grand jury declined to indict, jumped on a car and implored the crowd "burn this mother------ down! Burn this b--ch down!" Numerous buildings were thereafter torched. Argued Harris-Perry: "arson and looting . . . are not necessarily violence." She added that those crimes should bear a "legal difference" from violence against "bodies."  

Even if you accept Harris-Perry's premise, so what?  Assault isn't as bad as murder, either.  That doesn't mean you don't prosecute the former, only that the punishment must fit the crime.

Video files
Full
Compact
Audio files
Full
Compact
Similar stories
MSNBC Host: 'We Want To Politicize' Newtown, Calls for Release of Victim Photos
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Rejects Tea Party Racism Charges
Melissa Harris-Perry and Her MSNBC Panelists Mock Mitt Romney's Black Grandson
Melissa Harris-Perry Proposes Wealth Redistribution to Solve Border Crisis